Bridal Portrait glowing sunset Willowby DressGlowing Romantic Images

You’ve dreamed of glowing romantic images of you nestled, cherished in your new husbands arms as he kisses you on the forehead and the sun sets.  However, now you’re worried that your photographer won’t understand what you are trying to communicate to them.  Don’t worry, you just need two words to explain to them what your looking for in those glowing romantic images of your wedding day.  The time of day your looking for is golden hour.  It is this magical time before sunset where every thing begins to look warm and dreamy.  The sun is perfectly positioned to throw halos of golden light around you and your new husband as you embrace in the setting sun.

How to Get Golden Hour Images

So now that you know what to ask for, how do you plan your day to get that look in your images.  If you haven’t set a date yet for your ceremony the definitely talk to your photographer first.  They will be able to calculate exactly when golden hour is on your wedding day.  While it changes every season, there are some easy ways for us to let you know for your specific day when that will be.  But what if you have already picked your ceremony time?  Not to worry,  we can easily mimic the look of golden hour for you with the use of some or our photography tools so that your portraits still have the look that you want.

Why We Love Golden Hour

Images shot in the golden hour are typically our favorites.  It is by far some of the most flattering natural light out there.  It creates a creamy glow to the skin and highlights the hair in an almost angelic way while creating a warm romantic atmosphere to the images.  Want to know more about getting images like this on your wedding day?  Feel free to contact us at info@meredithryncarz.com  we would love to chat.Spring park engagement session in grey and peachBHLDN gown romantic wedding day portrait

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The Legacy of Wedding Albums

Last week we talked about the legacy that wedding albums record for our family as it grows and roots down in love.  I love the idea of having a quality handcrafted album to sit out for visitors to look through in our home.  However, not all wedding albums are created equal as we learned our first few years in business.  We knew that our brides wanted albums, and we wanted to provide them something a step above what they could easily have printed at a big box store or online.  However, our knowledge was almost as limited as our brides when we were just growing our business.

The Not So Handcrafted Choice

We initial picked a company that was budget friendly and had a decent turn around time.  We ordered a sample album to share during our meetings with our couples and proceeded on our happy way.  Not a lot of couples were interested in a wedding album when we first started out and to be honest, they didn’t see much of a difference between the one we were offering and one they could make themselves.  After 6 months of toting around the wedding album to meetings, we started to realize that not all album companies are created equal.

Legacy Albums Should Last

The word legacy itself implies something substantial and long lasting.  These books aren’t just a run of the mill bookstore quality book to be flung under a coffee table at the end of the day, forgotten and un-dusted.  Instead, these legacy albums should have weight to them and feel supple to the touch.  Legacy albums are meant to be looked at, displayed, and saved.  Because of this belief, we now use a company right here in the United States that hand makes all of their fine art albums with a life time guarantee.  Their turn around time may not be the same as the other company but the product is totally worth the wait.  We believe these heirloom items will be passed down for generations as they look to them to view their family history.Handcrafted wedding albums leather

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An Easy Herb Garden

Now that you’re settling into your newlywed life, you get to start crafting a homelike atmosphere in your new space. One way to we do this each time we move, is by creating an herb garden. There’s something innately comforting about watching your seedlings grow and thrive. Herbs are easy, attractive, and versatile.  Thanks to their prolific growing habits and richness, you’ll certainly save money on the less flavorful, overpriced option at the store.

Herbs are very laid back, forgiving plants for even the most novice of gardeners. They only need well drained soil, sunlight, and occasional watering (insert your finger in the soil… your plant needs a drink when it’s dry up to your first knuckle).  They also can take up as little or as much space as you want.  From a window sill to a whole garden outside.

First, choose 3-4 seedlings of herbs you frequently use in recipes. Next, select a container… the sky is the limit! You can even drill holes in a vase, pitcher, tea tin, or mason jar. Then, fill your vessel with potting soil, and sow according to the directions that come with your plant. Finally, consider placing your container near the kitchen for easy access during meal prep (maybe a window box); or, put their aromatic properties to use by putting them in a high traffic area (such as your front porch) for an uplifting boost whenever you pass.

If you aren’t sure about the growing requirements of the herbs you have selected, head to a local garden store and ask.  Smaller garden stores are more likely to have staff on hand to answer these questions.  You can also look up your local agricultural extension or list of master gardeners in your area for help.  For some of our favorite gardening ideas, check here.  Happy Gardening.

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Albums as Visual Legacy

My kids love sitting in our living room and looking through old albums and scrapbooks of our wedding, childhood, and college days.  They love asking questions about the people in the pictures or why mommy’s hair looked funny and I love sharing those stories with them.  Those are their roots, their visual legacy of who they are and where they came from.  Unlike some families, we move every 4 years due to the industry my husband is in.  We love the adventures that this brings but it does have a downside.  The house my son learned to walk in is completely different than the one my daughter did.  There isn’t just one family home where physical roots exist, there are many.  As they have grown older, they want to see those places and feel a connection to their childhood.  For us albums act as that visual link to who we are and where we have been.  Early on, I understood this desire they had because it was similar to one that I experienced growing up.

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While we didn’t move nearly as much as a kid as I do now, I remember having a desire to see the places my parents and my grandparents came from.  My grandmother grew up in San Antonio, a place that we were blessed to live for a time and the ability to drive past the street she lived on was priceless to me.  One of my favorite memories as a child was looking through old albums or shoe boxes of images while sitting on living room floors with family gathered around and listening to them tell stories of their childhood.  If it was Christmas time, there as sure to be some Portuguese thrown around, to insure that we kids didn’t figure out what Santa Clause was bringing.  See, my mom and uncles grew up in Brazil, sometimes with dirt floors and colorful Macaws.  My grandparents were missionaries there and so Flan and Portuguese went hand in hand in their home, along with other cherished traditions like oranges and nuts in stockings.  While I have yet to get the chance to go to Brazil, I feel connected to that place because of the images we looked at and the stories that we heard as kids.

Creating Your Own Legacy

Whether you move a lot like us or are living in a home that had been passed down for generations, start creating your own legacy now as you craft visual roots for your own family.  That may look like printed images in shoe boxes for your kids to look through and leather bound wedding albums that are passed down with stories of your heritage from generation to generation.  However, let me encourage you to please print your images.  There is something sterile and removed from reality about sitting at your computer with your kids crowded around as you flip through pictures of the past.  Give them something tangible to see, feel, and touch as you cuddle them on the couch telling stories of the past.

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Preparing meals for twoMeals for Two

As a new bride, finding a recipe or meals made just for two was difficult.  Even when I did find a recipe that didn’t leave us fighting through leftovers for days, it would often end up not tasting as good as I had hoped for or would break the bank with the amount of ingredients it required.  Starting out, we had student loans we were still paying off and we were living pay check to pay check.  Sometimes this meant a $5 pizza was all we could afford.  One can only live off of cheap pizza for so long before you look for alternatives.

Finding Recipes

One of the simplest things we found was to implement our grill.  Grab a portion, marinate it and then slice up some vegetables.  Once that was done, throw it all on the grill for a very quick meal after work.  On the weekends we spent more time in the kitchen, something we still eleven years later do together, with the addition of our two little sous chefs.  Finding recipes for two has come a long way and now there are so many options.  Here are a few I recommend:

  1. Two In The Kitchen
  2. Bride and Groom Cookbook
  3. Blue Apron

The last one is one of our favorites and allows you to pick a meal for two or four servings.  We use Blue Apron frequently during wedding season to make sure we are still cooking great meals with less work.  Happy Cooking.

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